• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Beginning the Journey

For Christians, last Wednesday marked the beginning of the church’s Lenten journey and preparation for Easter, the time when Jesus died for our sins and opened the gates of Heaven.  It is tradition and custom in the Catholic church that during this 40 day period of awaiting Easter that members of the church either give up something truly meaningful to them or spend time putting forth energy/change in positive ways for the church (i.e. volunteering, charity work, devoting time to Biblical reading, etc) every day.  Sometimes it can be challenging to determine what sort of sacrifice to give throughout the course of our 40 day journey, so if you haven’t been able to nail down your decision, here are some excellent ideas:

Things to give up:

  • Candy/Sweets
  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Online social networks
  • Video games
  • Television
  • Coffee

Things to add:

  • Reading Bible passages everyday for 15-20 minutes
  • Working at a local food shelf once or twice a week
  • Attending church masses throughout the week
  • Volunteering at a safehouse or high needs facility once or twice a week
  • Donating food, clothing, and basic goods several times a week
  • Increasing your donations to the church by a certain amount each week
  • Helping someone readopt their fallen away faith (bringing them to church, talking to them about God, helping them find strength in their everyday activity)
  • Funding a charity program

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